Archive for July, 2008

Obama Was Prepared to Lose in Iraq….

July 21, 2008

“….if Barack Obama’s policy had been implemented in Iraq, he couldn’t be in Iraq today….he was prepared to accept retreat and question Senator Obama was prepared to lose in Iraq..” (Senator Joseph Lieberman, Fox News Sunday July 20)

On the occasion of Senator Obama’s visit to Iraq Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace featured a spirited exchange between Senator Bayh (D.Indiana) and our Senator Joe Lieberman. Excerpts follow:

LIEBERMAN: Look, the fact is that if Barack Obama’s policy on Iraq had been implemented, Barack Obama couldn’t go to Iraq today. It wouldn’t be safe. Barack Obama and John McCain saw the same difficulty in Iraq.

John McCain had the guts to argue against public opinion, to put his whole campaign on the line, because, as he says, he’d rather lose an election than lose in a war that he thinks is this important to the United States.

The reason I say Barack — if Barack Obama’s policy couldn’t — had been implemented — if Barack Obama’s policy in Iraq had been implemented, he couldn’t be in Iraq today is because he was prepared to accept retreat and defeat.

And that would mean today Al Qaida would be in charge of parts of Iraq. Iranian-backed extremists would be in charge of other parts of Iraq. There’d be civil war and maybe even genocide.

And the fact is that we are winning in Iraq today. And you know, you can’t choose, as Senator Obama seems to think, to lose in Iraq so you can win in Afghanistan.

The reality is if we lost in Iraq, which Obama was prepared to do, we would go to Afghanistan as losers. Instead, Al Qaida has its tail tucked between its legs as it’s exiting Iraq to go….

WALLACE: …. I want to move on to the whole issue of his (Obama’s) trip this week.

Senator Lieberman, the McCain camp seems divided about whether this is a legitimate fact-finding trip or a political stunt. After McCain and the Republican Party taunted Obama for not going to Iraq, has that, in fact, backfired on them by making this an even bigger story?

LIEBERMAN: No, I don’t think so. I think John McCain’s challenge to Barack Obama is very important. And frankly, it says a lot more than whether McCain was right about Iraq and Obama was wrong.

It says what kind of leaders these people will be as president. Obama reached — John McCain reached a decision about what to do in Iraq based on what he saw there, what he heard — what he heard from the generals and from the soldiers, and then he had the guts to fight big interests to see – – including public opinion, to see that that would happen.

Senator Obama was taking positions about Iraq to put us on a rigid time line to get all troops out by March 2008 — all combat troops. That’s what he said. That would have been accepting defeat there. And I think what it says about the two of them — this is the kind of president John McCain will be on the economy. We’re in crisis. We need a president who will listen, learn, decide what’s right for the country, not what’s right for their political campaign, and fight for the American people to make…

Source: Real Clear Politics

Obama Change = Clinton III

July 18, 2008

funny pictures

There is no change evident in the Obama campaign. What we see is a potential third Clinton term; many of the Obama foreign policy advisers are holdovers from the Hillary campaign or retreads from the Bill Clinton administration. According to New York Times today a tight-knit group of aides supported by a huge 300-person foreign policy campaign bureaucracy, organized like a mini State Department, (are assembled) to assist a candidate whose limited national security experience remains a concern to many voters.” Here are some snippets to show the huge influence of ex-Clintonians in the Obama camp:

….an infrastructure that has been divided into 20 teams based on regions and issues, and that has recently absorbed, with some tensions, the top foreign policy advisers from Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Most of the core members of his team served in government during President Bill Clinton’s administration and by and large were junior to the advisers who worked on Mrs. Clinton’s campaign for the Democratic nomination. But they remain in charge within the campaign even as it takes on more senior figures from the Clinton era, like two former secretaries of state, Madeleine K. Albright and Warren Christopher, and are positioned to put their own stamp on the party’s foreign policy

Most of them, like the candidate they are working for, distinguished themselves from Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy camp by early opposition to the Iraq war. They also tend to be more liberal and to emphasize using the “soft power” of diplomacy and economic aid to try to advance the interests of the United States. Still, their positions fall well within centrist Democratic foreign policy thinking,

Mr. Obama’s core team is led by Susan E. Rice, an assistant secretary of state for African affairs in the Clinton administration, who has pushed for a tougher response to the crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan, and Anthony Lake, Mr. Clinton’s first national security adviser,

The core group also includes Gregory B. Craig, a former top official in the Clinton State Department who served as the president’s lawyer during his impeachment trial; Richard J. Danzig, a Navy secretary in the Clinton administration
(emphasis added)

Source: NY Times 7/18/08

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ‘s Not the Person I Knew!

July 17, 2008

Thanks to Voice of Arizona blog for this idea:

It seems that whenever another of Barack Obama’s associates becomes a problem the eloquent one offers the same explanation.

The racist Reverand Wright, a mentor to Obama, for over 20 years spewed hatred from the pulpit. When the chosen one was cornered, after several lame excuses, stated………………………………….. “The person I saw yesterday was not the person I met 20 years ago”

When Tony Rezko, Obama’s friend and fundraiser,  was convicted was convicted of 16 of 24 corruption charges what did the Messiah say…… guessed it………………………
“This isn’t the Tony Rezko I knew”

The idea is catching on: Rev Al Sharpton takes Rev Jesse Jackson to task for careless use of the “N” word (the hot mic episode).

Sharpton, who has joined Jackson in opposition of the word, said on CBS News’ The Early Show on Thursday that he was “very disappointed” by this latest revelation.

“I think this certainly does not reflect the Reverend Jackson that we all know and love,” Sharpton said. “I think that we have to be consistent. We have denounced the N-word at National Action Network and other groups. Those of us and many of us who have used it privately said we must refrain from it if we’re going to challenge people using it publicly.”

Voice of Arizona’s postman concludes with:

Im just waiting for the angry Michelle dust up to hear him say …………..

She’s not the woman I knew

More comments on this theme here.

Famous Blue Burqa….

July 13, 2008

And what can I tell you my brother, my killer
What can I possibly say?
I guess that I miss you, I guess I forgive you
Im glad you stood in my way.
(L Cohen: “Famous Blue Raincoat”)

These unfortunate women were accused of prostituting themselves to U.S. military and American contractors and were dispatched by the Taliban.
The women, dressed in blue burqas, were shot and killed just outside Ghazni city in central Afghanistan, said Sayed Ismal, a spokesman for Ghazni’s governor. He called the two “innocent local people”.

Source: Breitbart

Organized Brawls: New Olympic Event?

July 7, 2008

Remember when informal sports, i.e. basketball, were organized with shirts vs skins? I don’t know if they do that anymore but I remember it from my high school days. Our friends in Eastern Europe have taken the idea to a whole new level with organized brawls, or row boxing, no holds barred; Kicking is OK. This activity apparently is quite widespread in Ukraine and Russia. Apparently this is a traditional rural pastime where village vs village was the Saturday night pastime; now it’s transferred to urban settings. It musts be something like the pitched battles of the ancient world only without the knives and spears. These kids don’t fool around; kicks to the downed person’s head seem routine. Interesting comments from this site :

After (or before) watching or visiting the football match, some Russian football fans like to go out, gather in groups and fight with each other. They call such fight a “mahach”, from the word “mahatsia”, which means to fight with somebody. Here are the pictures and the video of the typical fans “mahach” that took place in Rostov-On-Don. Probably this tradition goes from the ancient Slavonic fisticuffs; it was a real national fun in Ancient Russia when village met village each weekends in a row on row boxing fun.

So in modern Russia it’s not considered to be violent like a corrida (bullfight) in Spain or Boxing in USA, it’s the same like a boxing but at the same time hundreds of athletes fight on their good will. Maybe someday organized crowd row boxing would be included into Olympic Games official sports list?

New Olympic event anyone?

Vets for Freedom: Finish the Job….

July 6, 2008

This is the new ad from Vets for Freedom. This is going out nationwide. You can help defray the cost here.

Democrats So Desperate to Win…

July 3, 2008

Democrats are so desperate to win the presidency that they don’t care what Obama has to say to get elected. Case in point: Yesterday, on his radio program, Colin McEnroe remarked he was just barely exaggerating when saying Obama should even approve of capital punishment for jaywalking if that would get him elected.

“He seems willing to say and do anything to win the election, and that’s sad.”

Those are the words of Senator Lindsey Graham (R – S.C.) of South Carolina speaking about Senator Barack Obama on “Meet the Press” the NBC news show on Sunday June 22….

h/t NY Post Graphic 6/30/08